A few days ago I featured photographs of a stunning 19th century Haida argillite pipe for sale at a UK web site. They have a second pipe for sale, a more complex design but in poorer condition. The photos are similarly revealing of carving strokes and rock grain; even more so in some ways as this piece appears to be unfinished. The design is complex focusing on Raven and Bear (not the Frog as the description below says, I don’t think), but it is not for me to try to decode the story being told.
The description is given as follows:
19thC. HAIDA ARGILLITE PIPE PANEL. #asc004 #asc004
Probably from the Raven Tribe, the panel carved with various mythological figures including a raven, a man, a frog and the thunder bird, this is possibly part of a larger panel and the top has been slightly filed flat for mounting on a stand, (not photographed). Overall 13.5cm.
From the Haida tribes of the Northwest Pacific Coast of British Columbia and Queen Charlotte Island
Again, for posterity, here are nine views of this pipe: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. As I noted before, while not as sharp as the other set, these photographs surpass most of what one finds on many, many museum sites, where the rule seems to be: offer a single view of an object, offer it at low resolution, do not allow direct hyperlinks to the file, and break the URL as soon as possible.